The Road To El Dorado Art Facts
- That approximately 40,000 storyboard panels were drawn for the film. The film consists of 40 sequences with 1,518 scenes, and 7,500 feet of animation The longest drawing created by the layout department for the scene in “The Trek” sequence measured 17 feet high in length.
- Tzekel-kan’s book of magic spells is a 3D object with actual artwork created on every page. A close-up of the book would reveal pages with a version of the DreamWorks logo and a Mayan-style animator hard at work. Below is the picture of the Dreamworks Logo from Tzek’s Codex:
- There were two research trips taken to the Yucatán Peninsula, one for the writers of the film and one for the key members of the creative team. Nearly 1,000 photos were taken during these trips, which were used as visual reference in designing the film.
- An Artist and expert on Mayan culture, John Pohl spent a year and a half on the film helping artists to create the Mayan influenced architecture seen in “The Road to El Dorado”.
- Approximately 87,957 pencils and 37,806 erasers were used during the course of the production.
- A team of layout artists built a model out of Lego’s before designing the alleyway set in the Bull Chase sequence.
- Character models for the three main characters were sculpted in clay, then lit and photographed to help effects artists understand how light was cast on the characters. Then an additional ten character models were used in constructing crowd sequences.
- Over 485 artists from more than 30 different countries worked together for 4 and a half years to create “The Road to El Dorado”.
- To get realistic splashing effects of water, DreamWorks developed a program called “spryticles,” which allows hand-drawn animation to be multiplied 1,000 fold onto a particle system and thus creates the illusion of splashing.
- The “Crashing the Gate” sequence has seventy 3D shots, which took six artists a year to complete.
- Approximately 3 million sheets of paper were used throughout the course of the production, along with more than 8 million paper reinforcements.
DO YOU SEE HOW MUCH EFFORT WENT INTO THIS FILM AND YET IT GOES SO UNAPPRECIATED?